Advisors: Ms. Katrina Spickler (spicklkm@jmu.edu) and Dr. Michael Mitri (mitrimx@jmu.edu)

Application for CIS minor

Learn to leap across disciplines. This is how breakthroughs come about. It's interdisciplinary combinations - design and technology, science, art and business - that have produced such breakthrough developments such as Google and FaceBook. A minor in Computer Information Systems (CIS) will allow you combine knowledge in the analysis & design of information systems with the understanding you have gained in your primary major. The results can be spectacular!

CIS is about computing in context. The context is business, and in particular the CIS pedagogical thrust emphasizes applications of information technology toward creating solutions for business-related problems. CIS is a technical field that requires mathematical and logical problem-solving ability, as well as the capacity to communicate effectively and a sufficiently rigorous understanding of the business world. With this in mind, the minor in computer information systems is primarily structured to provide students in various disciplines on campus with the opportunity to study business-oriented information systems.

Admission to the CIS minor is based on a student's performance in the following seven competency areas: information systems, computer programming, calculus, statistics, critical thinking, writing and a quantitatively-oriented business discipline.

Prerequisite Competency Courses or Admission (3 credits each):

  • One introductory information-systems course (COB 204 or equivalent)
  • One introductory computer programming course (CIS 221, ISAT 252, CS 139, or equivalent)
  • One calculus course (MATH 205, MATH 231, MATH 235, GISAT 151, or equivalent)
  • One statistics course (COB 191, MATH 220, or equivalent)
  • One critical thinking course (student’s Cluster One critical thinking course, or equivalent)
  • One writing course (GWRTC 103 or equivalent)
  • One quantitatively-oriented economics/business course (GECON 200, ECON 201, COB 241, COB 242, COB 291, or equivalent)

Required Courses After Admittance (3 credits each):

CIS 304

Enterprise Architecture

CIS 330

Database Design and Application

CIS 454

Systems Analysis and Design

CIS Elective*


* Accounting majors may substitute ACCT 440 for the CIS elective. Other substitutions are possible, provided they have sufficient information technology content, based on the department head's discretion.

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